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Lexicon, poll 3 
23rd-Jan-2008 12:09 am
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But, hopefully, this is the last one we'll need for now. The genre/theme stuff is snipped from the second poll; I've pretty much taken all the things that can be happily blended together and given them tickyboxes. I imagine we'll probably use whatever elements of that set are popular, though it's certainly possible to add things (or leave them out) in play.

So! The poll.

Poll #1125461 Lexicon Poll III: Revenge of the Tickybox

Players for Lexicon Game

I definitely want to play.

Genre/Theme Elements for Lexicon Game

Ye Olde Fantasie
Magical/Wizardly Society (non-HPish)
Some sort of Guidebook
New Weird (like Miéville)

Ideas about specific ways to do this are welcome in comments - after all, the sooner we come up with something everyone's happy with, the sooner we can play. Vote, discuss, and remember to join the comm.
22nd-Jan-2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
I imagine it would be less than helpful were I to tick ALL the tickyboxes. But, looking good so far!
22nd-Jan-2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, no - ticking all the tickyboxes would be perfectly fine. It's meant to be more 'what things would you like in the game?' than 'what genre do you want the game to be?'
22nd-Jan-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. Wow, a combination of everything would be... interesting...
22nd-Jan-2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
It would. Or a combination of the popular options, which comes with - so far - 260 articles to write it in. And that's still just a subset of the people who said they were interested.
23rd-Jan-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
So, a steampunky Olde Fantasy society of magical wizards who are making a guidebook to something New Weird-y?
23rd-Jan-2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Possibly, or it could be a reusable setting. And, it looks, not heavily magical beyond what you'd see in a steampunk/fantasy setting like, say, Arcanum.

And maybe it'd start with a guidebook on itself, kind of like how a guide to New Crobuzon or Tarant might look. Except not Tarant or New Crobuzon.
23rd-Jan-2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Or perhaps a newweirdlike dimension is bleeding into the Olde Steampunk universe and the wizards are cataloguing the effects...
25th-Jan-2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
364 articles now :)
26th-Jan-2008 01:53 am (UTC)
442, according to the member list. So.
23rd-Jan-2008 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm fine with anything... I like the sort of laissez-faire approach to the fantasy genre that the combination suggests. I have to admit, I'm not sure I understand "New Weird" - but it sounds cool.
23rd-Jan-2008 12:33 am (UTC)
The Wikipedia article is fairly good, and has a bit of a definition and a list of examples; things like the setting in Arcanum, or Sigil (from Planescape), or the London in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy are reasonably close, too.
24th-Jan-2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
So it's basically Sci-Fantasy Horror?
24th-Jan-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily.
24th-Jan-2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Wiki isn't very helpful in it's description of the genre to anyone who hasn't read within the genre (ie. me)

Incidentally, after further prodding of golden_purple18 I got some clarification on what she meant by "wizarding world"

Apparently it involves flowing purple robes and pointy hats. By my understanding, it's something like a wizard-heavy version of D&D-esque High Fantasy (magic is everywhere and not that unusual, the setting pays homage to all the tropes).

For some reason, this makes me think of Unseen University.

Which makes me think we could have a tubes-load of fun by being scholars of the "Concealed Collegium" in our purple robes and pointy hats, writing about all the muggles peasants out there.

We could even have a rivalry with the Imperceptible Institute, the Academié Arcana, and those scholar-priests over at the Shrouded Seminary
25th-Jan-2008 01:13 am (UTC)
*appluads* Exactly! Though, I'm being slowly converted to a more sci-fi demensional-hopping kind of thingy. Aargh! The conflict-the delimma-Noooooo.....
25th-Jan-2008 10:51 am (UTC)
Which is why I was liking the kind of complex urban steamfantasy clockwork-and-magic kind of thing we were going toward with the early votes.

Not that that's incompatible with old-style Stars-are-Right weird fiction - indeed, it could all be brought together with a kind of academic bent (from the wizard and scientist types) and the kind of setting where some bits of the city seem like they've been lifted wholesale from Arkham.

(Which would sneak right back into New Weird. So.)
25th-Jan-2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I'm almost finished His Dark Materials, and Bartimaeus is next on the hitlist.

Steampunk only really works when everyone's familiar with the setting. I loves me some steampunk, but I'm not THAT versed in the genre (though I have read The Difference Engine).

But imagine the terror of The Clockwork Cthulhu!
23rd-Jan-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Also, please do remember to join the comm.
4th-Feb-2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Are we getting started anytime soon?
4th-Feb-2008 11:46 am (UTC)
That'd make for a brilliant plan, wouldn't it? So, we should probably make it happen. What are we going to do about the themey-subjecty-thing? Collect the responses here and run them in a first-past-the-post poll? Just pick something, and let it mutate as the group wants? Something else entirely?
5th-Feb-2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Well, the clear winners are Fantasy and Steampunk... but a breakdown follows...

The results are in!

active_apathy, caprinus and trueflight are indiscriminate - they want everything :)
golden_purple18 said anything but New Weird.

jeffr23 and goblinpaladin are the only people who wanted JUST New Weird without any other genre choices. timotab doesn't seem to care about theme... he just picked Guidebook as his only choice.

4 people picked Fantasy and NOT Steampunk: sarekofvulcan, photosinensis, tori_santa and myself.

5 people picked Steampunk and NOT Fantasy: packbat, matgb, maggiebloome, crazyinchaos and futotta_neko

2 people go for both (and only those two): silmaril and jennisis.

Based on these results, I think we're going for a Fantasy Steampunk... something like Eberron or Sigil perhaps?
5th-Feb-2008 01:30 am (UTC)
More like Sigil, probably, which still gives us plenty of scope for everything else. Plus, something a bit like the City of Doors gives us a lot of scope for other places in future games - the multidimensional hub thing really easily lends itself to that.
5th-Feb-2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Plus, the guidebook thing is more a format, so. It's easy, comfortable, and gives a bit of structure and focus without being too restrictive. And, again, reusable.
5th-Feb-2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I probably ought to have picked Steampunk too; I was thinking radio buttons instead of seeing checkboxes when I voted.

How much of a setting is needed, pre-game? Typically these things start with a single-sentence topic, with one or more undefined proper names (which are either put deep in the alphabet, generally agreed as 'too big' to be an actual article, or agreed to be the topic of a set of post-game review articles written by everyone still standing, or some combination of these.)
14th-Feb-2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I was kind of worried there for a minute when we started talking about steam punk. But now that you mention is kind of like Eberron, I SO GOT this. In Dec, my DM got mad at me for not knowing the world well enough, so I spent two weeks pouring over books about it.

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